09 September, 2008


Jaxport lost two of it's Blount Island Terminal Container Cranes, during the heavy weather from the tropical storms. It is believed that wind sheer took down the cranes which twisted as they fell. These massive cranes tower 200' feet above the docks and are another indication of the power of the weather. Jacksonville and Florida in general need to do a better job of alerting our citizens and business community of the dangers of extreme weather. A system of Tornado sirens would greatly compliment our excellent emergency management services. For your blogger it is a deja vu, having worked with Red Cross in the infamous May 3 tornado swarm in Oklahoma a few years ago. When I tell people in Florida that I saw huge, compact auto size tombstones, solid marble, tossed across a highway like foam toys, they just give me a polite smile. "Sure you did Bob...sure you did..." If Nothing else comes of this but an awareness that it CAN HAPPEN HERE, then we are better for the experience. Let's hope JAXPORT gets the replacements up and running as we roar toward World Port Status.

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The arguments rage to this date, "Should have never been built," "waste of taxpayer money," "Doesn't go anywhere," "Nobody rides it..." etc. Bottom line is we have it, and it is finally showing signs of life. Simple extensions to the Stadium, San Marco, and the area of Blue Cross in North Riverside would turn this little train around. Addition of Park and Ride garages and multimodal transit terminals at the end points would bring on the crowds. The video must have been shot on a Sunday Morning, as downtown is certainly as packed with life as any other major City on weekdays. Jacksonville is a city of Bikes, joggers, walkers, buses and cars, one almost wonders how the photographer managed to find this quiet moment.

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